• Are sixth graders moving?

    Marion Middle School teacher Chad Adkins said something needs to be done. Marion-Florence USD 408 school board member and parent Janet Helmer agreed.

  • Prelude to Symphony in Flint Hills: Volunteers, sponsors needed

    Symphony in the Flint Hills still may be months away but Marion County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman has been busy for many months in preparation of the event. “This is an opportunity that doesn’t come around often for our county to promote itself,” she said.

  • City employees receive 3% raise

    In a somewhat confusing exchange between Marion City Council and city officials Monday evening, the council decided to approve a three percent pay increase for all full-time city employees. The discussion began when Mayor Mary Olson asked Public Works Director Harvey Sanders if any of his employees complained about not receiving a three percent merit raise. She asked if there was any recourse an employee could take if he or she disagreed with the evaluation. City Administrator David Mayfield said he reviewed all of the completed evaluations and all employees signed them in agreement.

  • Candidates sought for councils, school boards

    The deadline is quickly approaching for candidates to file for the spring election of city council and school board positions. All candidates must file with Marion County Clerk by noon Jan. 27 at the courthouse.

  • Mayor explains need for closed city council sessions

    Managing Editor Susan Berg had an interesting editorial in last week’s Marion County Record regarding the actions of the Marion City Council and the use of executive sessions. She mentioned the strict use of the sessions as well. I am asking her to explain her concern with the length of the sessions. When I ran for this position, one of my issues I campaigned for was to have an open government by listening to the concerns of the residents of Marion, and bring them to the council. This has been a very important issue for me and at times frustrating.

  • Spectators come to aid of fallen basketball official

    The night began like any other during basketball season. Ellinwood High School gym was full of fans, band members, players, and coaches — all wanting their team to win.

  • Making waves on financial end

    With the USD 408 Sports and Aquatics Center beginning it’s eight month, superintendent Lee Leiker gave a presentation Monday at the board of education meeting of the building’s financial status, indicating revenue was more than projected. Leiker mentioned from the start no one involved with the project expected the pool to make a profit — pools almost never do.

  • 50-50 deal with city

    The City of Marion will follow through with its original agreement with USD 408 regarding the sharing of expenses of an indoor swimming pool currently owned and operated by the school district. At Monday’s Marion City Council meeting, City Administrator David Mayfield reminded the council that the previous city commission had approved a 50/50 cost share with the school district of expenses associated with the swimming pool.

  • Catching up with ... Andy Methvin, MHS class of '98, anticipating new 'addition'

    Q. What is your best Marion High School memory from your senior year? A. My best school memory of that year was during the winter. It snowed the night before and the wind started blowing fairly hard during the morning after school had started.


  • Ruth Chance

    Ruth Chance, 87, of Stuart, Iowa, died Dec. 28, 2008, at Stuart Community Care Center. Born March 6, 1921, in Cedar Point, she was the daughter of Diedrick H. and Susan (Conyers) Ubben.

  • Carolyn Meerian

    Carolyn M. Meerian, 60, of Overbrook, died Jan. 6, 2009. Born Oct. 6, 1948, at Marion, she was the daughter of Paul and Margaret (Pachta) Vinduska.

  • Ryder Reece

    Ryder Owen Reece, infant son of Casey and Hollie Reece, died Dec. 31, 2008. Survivors include his parents; grandparents, Charlie and Cindy Reece of Hillsboro, Steve and Shelli Dechant of Holcomb, and Chuck and Janice Reece of Arizona; and great-grandparents, Frances Norris of Garden City, Marvin and Clara Dechant of Ness City, Gary and Shirley Carlson and Ed and LaQuetta Siebert, all of Marion.

  • Lois Miller

    Lois Mae Miller, 83, of Florence, died Jan. 9, 2009, at Newton Medical Center. Born Dec. 1, 1925, in Cass County, Mo., she was the daughter of Isaac and Maggie (Plank) Yoder.

  • Ann Roehrman

    Ann M. Roehrman, 81, of Herington, died Jan. 8, 2009, at Herington Municipal Hospital. Born June 14, 1927, at Lincolnville, she was the daughter of Herman H. and Emma E. (Kaiser) Henke.

  • Melvin Nightengale

    Melvin K. Nightengale, 68, of Burns, died Jan. 6, 2009, at his home. Born April 8, 1940, he was the son of Sam and Della (Lugenbill) Nightengale.

  • Wayne Ewert

    Wayne Ewert, of Billings, Mont., died early Jan. 7, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Billings, from complications resulting from a brain tumor. Wayne was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, son, sibling, and friend.

  • James Williams

    James “Butch” Williams, 62, of Roseburg, Ore., died Jan. 3, 2009. Born June 26, 1946, in Douglass, he was the son of James and Ruby (Rosenberry) Williams.



  • Seize this opportunity

    Imagine thousands of visitors in our county for a weekend, looking for ways to spend their money. And imagine that most of these people are from large cities, wanting to have a “rural experience,” complete with a bed and breakfast, arts and crafts, and homemade food.

  • A glimpse of past radio days

    When I heard Marion High School alumni were going to present radio plays, I was skeptical of whether it would be very entertaining. I have cable and Internet at home. The only time I ever really listen to radio is during K-State games that aren’t on television, but I decided to give it a chance.



  • Warrior boys down Lyons 63-50

    If Marion High School boys’ basketball coach Jeff McMillin had his way, every game would be like Friday’s against Lyons. His Warriors used a strong second half to hold off the pesky Lions en route to a 63-50 league victory.

  • MHS girls win two of three; still looking to improve

    It was an up-and-down week for the Marion High School girls’ basketball team. After a nearly three-week break between games, the Warriors opened the second half of the season Jan. 6 with a 72-57 road victory at Ellinwood.

  • MMS basketball teams improving each game

    In games against Lindsborg and Sterling this past week, each Marion Middle School girls’ basketball team won at least one game. The A- and B-teams split two games each, while the C-team won its only game.

  • Warriors put squeeze on tough competition at home double dual

    The Marion High School wrestling team was busy Thursday night with three matches on its home mat. The Warriors wrestled Hesston and Halstead for their senior night after wrestling Minneapolis earlier in the day as part of an earlier match that was postponed because of inclement weather.


    Boy's Basketball, Girl's Basketball


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